Oakland County – Daily Detroit http://www.dailydetroit.com What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Wed, 05 Dec 2018 23:51:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 Let’s Taco ‘Bout The Top 10 Taco Joints In Metro Detroit http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/11/29/lets-taco-bout-the-top-10-taco-joints-in-metro-detroit/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/11/29/lets-taco-bout-the-top-10-taco-joints-in-metro-detroit/#respond Thu, 29 Nov 2018 16:58:31 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=43529 There is something satisfying about a street taco. Just a few warm corn tortillas filled with the meat of your choice (for me, it’s usually carne asada) topped with onion, cilantro and a squeeze of lime.

So, we got the podcast team together to talk about tacos. We debated and picked out top ten places around metro Detroit to grab some tacos.

Let’s get on with the list.

1. Taqueria El Rey

Taqueria El Rey is one of the best places to grab a taco in Southwest Detroit. It’s not a place with a decor that was designed by some architectural firm. It is a place you get damn good tacos. The tacos here are always tasty and everything on the menu is really reasonably priced. Just a word to the wise, bring cash because they don’t take plastic.

4730 West Vernor Highway Detroit, Michigan 48209

2. Taqueria Mi Pueblo

You might have to wait for a table at this popular Springwells restaurant, but it’s well worth the wait. There are a lot of tasty things on the menu at Taqueria Mi Pueblo, but the steak and chicken tacos are among the best.

7278 Dix Street Detroit, Michigan 48209

If you’re in a hurry for tacos head down the road to Taqueria Mi Pueblo Express.

7271 Dix Street Detroit, Michigan 48209

3. Los Galanes

It is no secret that Los Galanes is one of the mainstays in Mexicantown, it’s been in business for over 50 years. You have a choice between Mexican tacos or crispy tacos at Los Galanes.

3362 Bagley Street Detroit, Michigan 48216

4. El Parian

Photo: Sven Gustafson

There are multiple locations for this food truck, but I’ve only been to the one parked in the lot of a car wash surrounded by a sprawling freight rail yard. It’s brutal, with noise and wafting diesel fumes, but the tacos are entirely worth it, with heavenly charred carnitas, aromatic corn tortillas and even a nice bonus vinegar slaw.

1001 Springwells Street Detroit, Michigan 48209

5. Taco Tienda Mexicana 

This little taco spot is tucked away in the corner of a strip mall along John R. Don’t let the fact that this place half restaurant half grocery store turn you away. The tacos are great. Be sure to try the sauces that they bring to the table. Also, grab a side of rice, it’s delicious.

31642 John R Road Madison Heights, MI 48071

6. O.W.L.

via Google Streetview

At O.W.L., you don’t choose the tacos. The tacos choose you. The daily taco makes ordering food simple, all you have to do is walk up and say “give me the tacos” and you’re good to go.

27302 Woodward Avenue Royal Oak, MI 48067

7. Carnival Market

Located in Pontiac, Carnival is a full-service grocery store that also has a restaurant inside. You can walk out with three tacos, beans and rice for 7 bucks. Not to mention, you can make the tacos “gringo style” with lettuce, tomato and sour cream for those of you who can’t get down with cilantro and onion.

1101 E Walton Boulevard Pontiac, Michigan 48340

8. The Taco Stand

Photo via Taco Stand Facebook

The menu is small, but that means they are focused on making great food. While you are at The Taco Stand getting your fill of tacos, throw in an order of the Carne Asada fries.

There are two locations:

5037 Allen Road Allen Park, Michigan 48101

20115 Goodard Road Taylor, Michigan 48180

9. Galindo’s

The tacos at Galindo’s in Southgate are tasty and full of flavor. If you’re not in the mood for tacos there are 16 different Tortas on the menu.

13754 Fort Street Southgate, Michigan 48195

10. Bakersfield

Photo via Bakersfield Facebook

Say what you want about it being a chain, the tacos at Bakersfield are really good. There are plenty of options for toppings, which make the tacos interesting. Plus, the margaritas are bomb.

3100 Woodward Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48201

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PODCAST: Behind Downtown Royal Oak’s New Ad Campaign With Mark Lantz http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/11/19/podcast-behind-downtown-royal-oaks-new-ad-campaign-with-mark-lantz/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/11/19/podcast-behind-downtown-royal-oaks-new-ad-campaign-with-mark-lantz/#respond Tue, 20 Nov 2018 01:33:01 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=43632

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There’s a lot of competition between Metro Detroit area downtowns lately. Detroit, Ferndale, Royal Oak and others are aiming for shoppers, diners and residents as urban centers and more dense living and shopping are now the hot thing not just here but across America.

For a time, Royal Oak was one of few downtown destinations in our area. Now, they’ve launched an ad and marketing campaign to get their share.

Mark Lantz (left) and Sven Gustafson (right) at Factory in downtown Royal Oak

That campaign is by Factory, an ad agency headed by Mark Lantz in downtown Detroit.

Sven Gustafson talked with Lantz – who has some pretty impressive credentials with the Pure Michigan campaign, among others – about bringing folks into downtown Royal Oak to shop at their many restaurants and stores, as well as one of the most common debates in car-crazy metro Detroit, where to park.

You can find Factory here: http://factorydetroit.com

And Downtown Royal Oak here: https://www.romi.gov/101/Downtown

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PODCAST: 4 Things To Know And 3 Places To Go In Detroit http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/11/12/podcast-4-things-to-know-and-3-places-to-go-in-detroit/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/11/12/podcast-4-things-to-know-and-3-places-to-go-in-detroit/#respond Mon, 12 Nov 2018 22:57:12 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=43493

Welcome to the work week, automatons!

On today’s episode, we talk about the report Moody’s Investors Services released on Detroit, which essentially asks where’s the love (and money) for the neighborhoods.

Some development news: In Ferndale, craft beer retailer 8 Degrees Plato says it will close it store on Nine Mile by the end of the year. The beer will continue to flow at the Cass Corridor location, however. And in Northville, there’s a battle brewing over the proposed demolition of a historic mid-century modern school.

That internet prank we told you about involving the Google results for Wyandotte Police Department? It’s been fixed, but we solicit Downriver denizen and tech wizard/vlogger Tom Lawrence to try and get to the bottom of it.

Shianne Nocerini fills us in on the new sculpture “Divergence” by artist Adriana Ohar. You can see it at New Center Park. 

We have deets on this year’s big Christmas tree lighting ceremony, which takes place Friday at Campus Martius, with concurrent activities taking place over at Beacon Park on the other side of downtown Detroit. THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR and all that.

Lastly, Sven interviews Dannis Mitchell of Barton Malow about the “Ready. Set. Build” workforce expo that takes place Wednesday at Cobo Center. It’s all about helping to connect people with jobs in the skilled trades, where developers are also seeing a shortage of qualified employees.

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PODCAST: Ford’s Sunny Madra Talks About Buying Spin, Karen Dybis Is Chronicling Detroit’s Delray & More http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/11/08/podcast-fords-sunny-madra-talks-about-buying-spin-karen-dybis-is-chronicling-the-detroits-delray-and-more/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/11/08/podcast-fords-sunny-madra-talks-about-buying-spin-karen-dybis-is-chronicling-the-detroits-delray-and-more/#respond Thu, 08 Nov 2018 22:04:49 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=43463

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On November 8, 2018:

Ford made news today by buying Spin, an e-scooter mobility company. Jer head to the Ford World Headquarters to talk with the VP of Ford X, Sunny Madra, about the purchase and what they plan to do with the service. And, it’s beginning service in Detroit.

Ford also has chosen an architect and construction manager for their massive Michigan Central Station project.

Plum Market is opening in downtown Detroit (More here).

Karen Dybis talk with Sven about the Knight Arts Challenge Grants. She’s a winner for her project to chronicle Detroit’s vanishing Delray neighborhood.

Then, we chat about what’s happening around town, including a signage cleanup at Bakers, an infamous motel known for being dirty getting remodeled and rebranded, and what’s happening at the old Diablo’s space in downtown Royal Oak (there are more in-depth details here).

Thanks for listening! Don’t forget to tell a friend about the Daily Detroit podcast.

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PODCAST: Election Day, I-696 Construction May Not Be Finished By Christmas, Amazon HQ2 Splits In Two & Mable Gray http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/11/06/podcast-election-day-i-696-construction-may-not-be-finished-by-christmas-amazon-hq2-splits-in-two-mable-gray/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/11/06/podcast-election-day-i-696-construction-may-not-be-finished-by-christmas-amazon-hq2-splits-in-two-mable-gray/#respond Tue, 06 Nov 2018 22:32:59 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=43436

Happy Election Day, Detroit! If you haven’t already, go out and exert your privilege as a resident of the world’s greatest democracy. The polls are open until 8 p.m.

On today’s show, we run down some news about long lines and voting machine hiccups across the region. Reports of long lines are widespread.

Elsewhere, Amazon HQ2 is said to be headed to the New York City and Washington D.C. areas as a split second headquarters. That’s given critics plenty of fodder, as we discuss. Remember when Detroit and Windsor joined forces to bid on HQ2? We had a great Happy Hour episode breaking down our fair city’s failure to crack the top 20. It’s so worth a listen.

Officials from the Michigan Department of Transportation are hedging on an end date to the never-ending I-696 construction project.

An upcoming fundraiser dinner at the DIA celebrates the food and art of Italy.

And our own Shianne Nocerini gives us the lowdown on a delicious private dinner created by chef James Rigato at Mabel Gray.

Find Daily Detroit wherever you get your favorite podcasts. Don’t forget to leave us a review on Apple Podcasts.

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PODCAST: IlitchVision? Pewabic Opens Expansion, Sanders And Kar’s Tie Up And News http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/10/25/podcast-ilitchvision-pewabic-opens-expansion-sanders-and-kars-tie-up-and-news/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/10/25/podcast-ilitchvision-pewabic-opens-expansion-sanders-and-kars-tie-up-and-news/#respond Fri, 26 Oct 2018 00:41:33 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=43309

Your Detroit stories:

The Ilitch organization is talking about launching its own regional sports network (and we discuss other sportsy news, including soccer in Detroit). First reported here: https://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/mlb/tigers/2018/10/25/ilitches-weigh-starting-own-sports-tv-network/1756233002/ and then everyone else in Detroit media got more info.

Detroit’s historic Pewabic pottery studio unveiled its new Maxine and Stuart Frankel Pewabic Tile Studio today.

Two Detroit brands that taste great together. That’s what the companies behind beloved hometown brands Kar’s Nuts and Sanders chocolate are hoping after a deal that sees the two snack makers merge.

Columbia Street in downtown Detroit is getting yet another new restaurant. Sahara Restaurant is opening up a 4,500 square foot spot where they will serve Iraqi and Chaldean cuisine.

The site of the old village hall on Jos. Campau at Grayling Street is now the location of Hamtramck’s first-ever full archeological dig.

Saturday Night Live cast member Colin Jost (who co-hosts the very funny “Weekend Update” skit) Colin Jost is going to be in Pontiac on Saturday night. Tix: http://flagstarstrandtheatrepontiac.com/iwe-event/the-infamous-stringdusters-2-3-3

Two Royal Oak bars are backing a proposal that would allow downtown establishments that don’t have kitchens to host food trucks without a special-event permit. (Extra info here)

This episode was recorded on October 25, 2018 at the Podcast Detroit studios in the Detroit Shipping Company. If you like the show, be sure to leave us a review in Apple Podcasts.

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PODCAST: Strike Pushes CityLab Conference To Move, Substitute Teachers Left Out And Royal Oak Parking Woes http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/10/23/podcast-strike-pushes-citylab-conference-to-move-substitute-teachers-left-out-and-royal-oak-parking-woes/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/10/23/podcast-strike-pushes-citylab-conference-to-move-substitute-teachers-left-out-and-royal-oak-parking-woes/#respond Tue, 23 Oct 2018 21:45:48 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=43296

It’s a sunny, crisp fall day in Detroit, and here’s the rundown of our show recorded on Tuesday, Oct. 23:

    • The ongoing strike by workers at the Westin Book Cadillac has prompted organizers of the CityLab 2018 conference to relocate to the Marriott at the RenCen. That’s a place that striking Book Cadillac employees says pays their workers a living wage.
    • A private company that arranges substitute teachers for more than 100 districts across Michigan has abruptly closed up shop, without warning to school districts. Jer and I say it’s another example of the sorry state of public education in Michigan.
    • Personal-injury legal titan Mike Morse is in hot water, accused by State Farm of bribing police officers to give him unofficial accident reports that he can then use to gain clients and run up medical and rehab treatment bills. The Detroit News reports he’s also the subject of an investigation by the FBI and a grand jury.

  • Owners of the new Detroit City Fieldhouse cut the ribbon on Monday on the 75,000 square-foot facility, which features an indoor open field and indoor boarded field. A Detroit City FC-themed restaurant is expected to open in the coming weeks, pending approvals from inspections and a liquor license. The grand opening is Saturday.
  • The State of Michigan is awarding a $1.5 million grant to support a $3.6 million project by Coyote Logistics in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood. The UPS subsidiary will add 300 jobs. 

  • Shinola Hotel on Tuesday named a pair of people to lead the highly anticipated property in downtown Detroit. One is local, a veteran of the Detroit Institute of Arts, and one is an import from New York City.
  • Beirut Palace has been sold after 21 years in business in downtown Royal Oak. It’s the latest example of a business shutting down over a perceived shortage of parking. And it’s more illustration of the tension that has arisen as Royal Oak sees a wave of urbanization.
  • Local runners, take note: The Run of the Dead is back. It’s a 5k/10k through southwest Detroit that takes in two historic cemeteries and a neat old compact neighborhood. Register here.

Thanks as always for listening, and don’t forget to tell a friend about our little podcast. It’s the best way to help us grow and keep the lights on.

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LISTEN: Here’s How We Could Fix Michigan’s High Auto Insurance Prices http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/10/16/listen-heres-how-we-could-fix-michigans-high-auto-insurance-prices/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/10/16/listen-heres-how-we-could-fix-michigans-high-auto-insurance-prices/#respond Tue, 16 Oct 2018 22:45:25 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=43199 Michigan’s auto insurance costs consistently rank the highest in the nation. Same for the city of Detroit, which can cost double the state’s already high average.

How to fix this madness that’s emptying the pockets of Michiganders? Lawyer and Auto Law Blog writer Steve Gursten has some ideas.

In this thoughtful conversation with Sven Gustafson, Steve lines out the problems and some of a possible solution to this problem… without getting rid of lots of benefits.

But it would require the politicians to do something they’ve been unwilling to do up to this point. And insurance companies probably wouldn’t like it, either.

Sven and Steve also discuss the merits of Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan’s lawsuit, with the goal of bringing insurance prices down.

Below is the interview as part of the Daily Detroit podcast:

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PODCAST: Video Shows White Man Shooting At Black Teenager, Detroit’s Tallest Skyscraper Gets Taller & Ammunition For Weekend Warriors http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/10/11/podcast-video-shows-white-shooting-at-black-teenager-detroits-tallest-skyscraper-gets-taller-ammunition-for-weekend-warriors/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/10/11/podcast-video-shows-white-shooting-at-black-teenager-detroits-tallest-skyscraper-gets-taller-ammunition-for-weekend-warriors/#respond Thu, 11 Oct 2018 21:03:11 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=43175

Friends! We have nearly made it to the weekend, and (temporary) salvation is nigh. Here’s the rundown of what you’ll find on the Daily Detroit podcast recorded on Thursday, Oct. 11:

  • Newly released surveillance video contradicts the claims of a white, former Detroit Fire Department lieutenant that he tripped and accidentally discharged a gunshot at a 14-year-old black student who had knocked on his door, seeking directions.
  • Dan Gilbert already wanted to build Detroit’s tallest skyscraper on the former site of the J.L. Hudson’s department store on Woodward Avenue. The latest site plans, obtained by Crain’s, show it getting even taller.
  • Eastland Mall has been purchased! An unexpected bidding war produced a $3.125 million sale price.
  • A report by WXYZ says it took Detroit Police four days to respond to a 9-1-1 call about a domestic abuse emergency. Wasn’t improved response times supposed to be one of the department’s new crowning achievements?
  • Ann Arbor, Detroit, East Lansing and Ferndale received perfect scores in a ranking of municipal protections and equality measures for LGBT employees that go beyond state laws.
  • Construction work is behind schedule on I-696 because of a labor dispute, but the freeway might reopen before winter weather arrives, even if the work isn’t technically done.
  • You know how expensive it is to use another bank’s ATM? Well, a new study finds that Detroit has the highest average ATM fees in the nation. Yay?
  • Residents of a historic building in downtown Detroit that is known as an affordable living option for low-income residents have received notices that they have 30 days to move out and find a new place to live. It’s the latest in gentrification growing pains for Detroit. The Freep has the story.
  • Kid Rock visits the Trump White House again, and Kanye West returns to Detroit for some sushi.
  • And we have all the ammunition a weekend warrior needs about upcoming new restaurants and bars in the region.

Thanks for listening as always!

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Spiffy New SMART Bus Stops Appear In Ferndale With Solar Panels, E-Ink Display http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/10/10/spiffy-new-smart-bus-stops-appear-in-ferndale-with-solar-panels-e-ink-display/ http://www.dailydetroit.com/2018/10/10/spiffy-new-smart-bus-stops-appear-in-ferndale-with-solar-panels-e-ink-display/#respond Wed, 10 Oct 2018 22:03:14 +0000 http://www.dailydetroit.com/?p=43157

Solar Panels and an e-Ink display might be something you associate with the newest tech gadget, but today, we’re talking about a bus stop.

Ferndale has received what is surely one of the fanciest bus stops in Metro Detroit. SMART, the Suburban bus system, has installed it at Woodward and 9 Mile.

The bus stop features real-time bus information displayed on a large, high-contrast E-Ink display, a sleek modern design and an extra overhead light that you can turn on (neat for when it’s dark out). It’s mostly covered, so you get good protection from the weather.

It’s like a transit stop we’d see in other major cities and a major step up. It serves the Woodward Routes, and is one rolled out as part of the FAST express-route program that’s been gaining in popularity.

Here are some pictures:

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